Top 10: Tips For Brides On A Budget

11:21 AM, by Unknown

Wedding costs can add up quickly. From flowers to food to your dress to the perfect venue, there are a lot of different expenses that go into making your dream day a reality. And almost every bride has some sort of a budget to stick to.

The real trick is prioritizing what to splurge on and where to save. I recommend creating a list of the things that are important to you and prioritizing them with numbers. Spend on the things that really matter to you, and find a way to save on the things that don’t. Once you have your priorities straight, the list below can help you keep costs down

1. Cake
You can cut your dessert budget in half by having a smaller cutting cake on display and a sheet cake hidden in the back: If your heart isn't set on having a towering wedding cake, order a smaller ornate one for cutting and then serve the majority of your guests sheet cake. I promise, no one will know the difference!

2. Candle Centerpieces
If  the big, beautiful floral arrangements you dreamed of aren't in the budget. A tip for saving on centerpieces, you can enhance the atmosphere by featuring tons of candles on your table for an intimate dining experience.

3. Save on your shoes.
I know it’s tempting, ladies, but you don’t need to break the bank on designer shoes that no one is going to see anyway. Don’t splurge on expensive wedding shoes if your gown will cover them completely. Save that money for your dress and accessories.

4. Combine your escort cards and favors.
Look for ways that items can be used for more than one purpose. For example, seating cards that can double as favors. Some examples include little treats (like macarons or chocolates) and small potted succulents with tags tied on them.

5. End the open bar early.
No, this doesn't mean that you have to cut your guests off before the party is over. See if your venue will charge you for alcohol upon consumption in the later hours, instead of charging you for an open bar all night long. Drinking tends to slow toward the end of the night as some of your guests leave, making this a cost-effective option.

6. Wildflowers
Using wildflowers at your wedding is extremely cost effective and will create volume in the arrangements. Picking seasonal blooms is also smart, since it means that they won’t have to be flown in from far away.

7. Skip the Champagne toast
Set on doing a toast at the beginning of the night? I recommend asking your caterer for more budget friendly alternatives to traditional French Champagne. Or, just toast with whatever drink your guests have in hand at the time.

8. Have a still life centerpiece
 Think like a still life artist when you’re designing your centerpieces. Consider incorporating bowls or vases of fresh fruit into the design (which is much less expensive than flowers).

9. Beware of hidden costs

When you are crafting your wedding budget, keep in mind that many vendor quotes won’t include taxes, service fees, and tips. So it’s always smart to leave a little bit of cushion when booking everything.

10. Trim the guest list
It’s a hard thing to do, but it’s also the surest way to save money when you’re paying per head. Click here to learn how to simplify the guest list


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